Former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury formally kicked off his 2010 campaign for governor this morning, announcing his candidacy in a 22-minute press conference held at the Portland Community College-Sylvania campus.
He was introduced by former Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts
, who served in the position from 1990 to 1994 before fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber replaced
“It's time to stop making excuses, and pushing off our troubles to the next generation,” Bradbury said. “Now really is the moment that we must step forward to write the next great Oregon story.”
Bradbury provided a brief outline of his goals as governor, including finding full funding for public education, creating jobs and lowering unemployment, and protecting Oregon's farm, forests, and renewable natural resources.
The announcement is a formality since Bradbury has long been expected
to run in the Democratic primary against former Kitzhaber, who is seeking
his third term after serving from 1995-2003.
It will be interesting to see how Kitzhaber and Bradbury campaign against one another. They have a long-running friendship, and Kitzhaber has been instrumental in Bradbury's political career, including appointing him as Secretary of State, which drew a round of laughs when pointed out by Roberts.
Having a recognized name opponent in the Democratic primaries will at least put some pressure on a front-runner like Kitzhaber, who will have to explain what he can do differently after leaving the post in frustration
Bradbury, meanwhile, served as Secretary of State from 1999 to 2008. Prior to that, he served four years in the Oregon Legislature and 10 years in the state senate.